Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Tuesday, June 22, 1999


$110,500 paid to custodial parent and child

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced a large child support collection from a "dead beat dad." Due to the efforts of the Attorney General's Arlington Child Support office, Tarrant County officials had received $110,500 from delinquent noncustodial parent, James Retz. The payment has since been forwarded to the mother and child.

"Parents have the responsibility to support the children they bring into this world," said Attorney General Cornyn. "I will continue to work aggressively to see that children receive the court ordered support they deserve."

In March, the Attorney General's Arlington Child Support Office filed a motion to enforce court ordered child support. The motion required Mr. Retz to pay $500 per month in child support beginning November 15, 1987. Before this record collection, Mr. Retz made only one payment of $1,000 on January 11, 1999.

Assistant Attorney General Bonita Minor negotiated the large lump sum settlement. Child Support Officers Beckye Rimer and Deborah Krebs and Administrative Technician Gordon Jackson were also involved in the successful resolution of this case.